Hybrid rally car banned for being too fast

An experimental Honda Insight rally car has been banned by Formula 1000 organizers for being too fast on the tarmac. The last-gen Honda Insight fielded by the UK's OakTec Racing was kicked out of competition after it amassed a 19-point lead after just three events.

Organizers of the Formula 1000 tarmac series were concerned that the gasoline-electric Honda wielded an unfair advantage, having landed two first-place finishes and one second-place. The team's been mum on the car's powertrain — involving a 1.3-liter gas engine, electric motor and lithium-ion battery — co-developed with Lotus Engineering and Honda UK. The car's CVT transmission was developed by Bosch, a major sponsor of the program (you can tell by those giant stickers on the car). The team's detail-free website implies the use of supercapacitors for "energy harvesting."

We can just imagine the grumbling among private rally teams trying to squeeze 11 pennies out of a dime when this well-funded machine started running away with all the points. The team now must find a higher tier in which to enter its too-speedy Insight. Maybe they'll add two trashcan-lid turbos and create a new "green" Group B.

Hybrid rally car banned for being too fast

Hybrid rally car banned for being too fast

Hybrid rally car banned for being too fast

Hybrid rally car banned for being too fast

Hybrid rally car banned for being too fast